Brush Cleaning

I get asked quite a lot about how I clean my brushes so thought a blog post would be the ideal place to explain.

It’s so important to clean your brushes especially if you’re prone to breakouts and have oily skin. Product builds up on the brush along with bacteria and you’re smearing that on your face every day. Also if your brush is so dirty you’ll notice your foundation just smears on your face… Doesn’t glide or blend easily.

I spot clean my brushes during the week if they’re getting dirty or I swap a foundation during the week and I use the MAC Brush Cleaner for this. It’s so easy to use and I just put some in a little cup and add hot water. Dip my brush in and swirl it on my brush cleaning towel.. (Yes I have a special towel for brush cleaning.. Don’t judge!) I usually lay the brush down and it dries pretty quick.


But my once a week brush cleaning is a little more in depth, it just so happens I thought I should clean all my brushes this week so took me a little longer than normal as I usually only clean the ones I’ve used throughout the week so only takes me 10 minutes if that on a Sunday.
I start off by taking my brushes into the bathroom, along with some baby shampoo (anyone will do!) and I run the hot tap. I put a dollop of baby shampoo in my hand… Wet my brush.. MAKING SURE ITS POINTING DOWN… Lol. You don’t want water to run down the barrel otherwise the glue that’s holding the bristles in will undo and you’ll lose hairs all over the place.. Brush hairs that is.

I then swirl the brush in the palm of my hand making sure the bristles are really clean, running the brush under the tap I repeat until the water runs clear.

I place my brush cleaning towel down and tilt one of the sides so the brushes will be pointing down… As you can see in the picture. As I clean them I line them up and leave them to dry.


It sounds like a lengthy process but it’s so quick really, I always do them on a Sunday morning so they’re dry by that evening usually.

Just a little tip if you like your brushes fluffy.. Then I always put my hair dryer on a cool heat and gently go over certain ones. Works well with synthetic bristles, however I definitely don’t recommend doing it with your eye brushes if you use them for cut crease etc.

People will say they don’t have time… If you’re reading this… You have time haha. Even doing it whilst watching TV… Make the time, honestly, your face will thank you for it 😉 xx

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